Busking

Everyone is welcome to busk on public land in Brighton & Hove. You don't have to apply for a licence to busk.

Your performance should be considerate of those around you. You should follow our guide below to avoid disturbing local residents and businesses.

Guidance on busking

​When busking, you should

  • play at reasonable volume - only the nearby audience should be able to hear you
  • avoid using amplifiers
  • stop performing when asked by local residents or businesses
  • avoid overstaying your welcome by moving to a different place, at least 50 metres away, every hour
  • only perform between the hours of 10am to 10pm
  • not use drums when performing - they create lots of noise and complaints

If you are being disturbed by a busker

Approach the busker if you can and ask that they either reduce the noise or move on.

If they don't reduce the noise and they stay longer than an hour, or if they regularly cause problems, then please contact our team so we can investigate.

The best way to contact our service is through our online Environmental Health report form. You can also contact us on 01273 294266 or by emailing ehl.environmentalprotection@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

What can the council do about buskers that cause problems

Problems with a specific busker

If a specific busker is causing regular problems in the city then we may investigate them for causing a 'statutory nuisance'. This is defined in the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

We will try to gather evidence about the problem. With the help of the police, the busker causing the problems could be given a noise abatement notice. This would stop them from busking in parts of the city, or the whole of Brighton & Hove.

If they break a noise abatement notice the we could take their equipment with the help of the police. If prosecuted a court has no limit to the fines it could give.

Problems with multiple buskers in the same location

We have no power to deal with busking problems where disturbance comes from the overall impact of different buskers playing in the same location.